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Reality: 6 weeks.
Ideal... Everyone woman should decide for herself. Unlimited time with no pressure from job, SO, or family.
Reality... 9 months (which I know is a blessing)
skidderdo:Ideal: forever.Reality: 6 weeks.
this. i had a c-section so i got 8 weeks paid, took an extra 2.5 weeks after that. my first day back to work is today.
Ideal: I'm not sure, since this is my first. But it seems unfair that we have to go back to work when the LOs are starting to become more fun.
Reality: 12 weeks. I go back July 15th but only part time (24hours a week).
Lhyacinth888:I would say the option to have a year. Those who want less can take less depending on their own personal needs. I think its sad how short maternity leave is in the U.S.
I'm in Canada, so the average maternity leave is 1 year.
I'm taking four months.
I think for me my ideal would actually be 2-3 months. I'm sick of being home already, but there is no financial benefit to returning to work, so I may as well stay home for 4 months.
RussianMommy:I'm in Canada, and our mat leave is one year and I think that's a good start.
Ill be a SAHM
I don't know how you Americans handle such short time off. That must be so hard.
Ideally 6 months to 1 year, but reality is 12 weeks. I could not be a SAHM forever. Once DS was a toddler I was happy to send him to daycare. I would not want to be at home with a 3 year old FT. Weekends were enough to drive me crazy lol.
Ideally - 1 year. That's my bf goal and I dread pumping at work...
Reality - 12 weeks off, 6 of which are paid at 60% salary
leasaj:4 months but I only took 9 wks the rest will be summer break. One of the perks of teaching.
Actual: 6 weeks dr approved... 12 weeks FMLA approved from work
Ideal: 3 months and more importantly a part time return.
reality: just over 3 months and going back full time July 1. Kind of ready though. If it wasn't for the daycare component I would definetly be ready...
I give tons of credit for anyone who goes back at 6 weeks.....I never would've been ready. Well done to all of those ladies.
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Ideal: probably 10 weeks. I had 12 with DS and at 10 i started to really need adult interaction.
Reality: 8 weeks this time with DD. I'm so not ready for it to be over! The past few weeks have been busy with activities for DS and that has made it fly by. I'm also not ready for the stress of work but i am ready for a schedule!
A year would be nice, but I'm in sales so it isn't an option. Asking someone to cover my accounts for a year seems crazy in my mind. Also i would go insane!!
Ideal: forever. Really, I wish I could SAH. But if I had to go back to work, I really think 6 months, at least, should be provided. I wish I wasn't in the US so I could take a year.
Reality: Since I'm a teacher and we planned this pregnancy to have my leave flow into the summer, about 4 1/2 months. I'm already anxious about it ending and I'm only just past the halfway point.
No one thinks six weeks is ideal? :). I go back Monday at seven weeks, although I have a client meeting already on Saturday. And if you subtract time spent working while on leave, it probably was more like five weeks (yes, I am annoyed and bitter about that).
I think six months would be ideal. Gets you through the EBF period before the baby starts solids, so wouldn't be so much pressure to pump at work. And you get to enjoy the baby as her little personality emerges. I feel like DD is just starting to become a real person instead of a pooping, crying bundle of neediness. My time with her cut short just as she started to become fun with her smiles and coos. Boo.
tairairat:Ideal: At least a year
Reality: 4 weeks, and for those 4 weeks I still had work I had to do from home.
Kate_C:I think six months would be ideal. Gets you through the EBF period before the baby starts solids, so wouldn't be so much pressure to pump at work. And you get to enjoy the baby as her little personality emerges.
I think six months would be ideal. Gets you through the EBF period before the baby starts solids, so wouldn't be so much pressure to pump at work. And you get to enjoy the baby as her little personality emerges.
I agree with this! I went back to work after 6 weeks and had been going in for a few hours every two weeks beginning when DS#3 was 2 weeks old.